Alright, for those of you who don’t speak Nerd, Coruscant is the capital planet of the Galactic Empire in Star Wars. It is depicted as a giant planetary city. It’s existence posits the question, “Would it be possible to make Earth into Coruscant?” I don’t think so. Besides the obvious question of “Wouldn’t we have to destroy all the nature?”, I don’t even think we would make it that far. Just look at how the world is today! This year Australia and California had some of the worst wildfires on record and we’ve had so many hurricanes we are using Greek names. Lousiana is about to get hit for the 9th time! There’s also a pandemic spreading across the globe, many believe because we encroached on nature around China. Climate change is also melting polar ice caps and permafrost is melting releasing pockets of methane into the atmosphere. Methane can absorb 200 times more heat than Carbon Dioxide. This could kickstart “runaway climate change” in which the planet gradually heats into an irreversible hellscape. And all of this is only a 1 degree increase in the global average temperature. Yes, some people may bring up the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in which the earth warmed 5 to 8 degrees and life still survived. The key difference is that temperature difference was over 200,000 years. We raised our temperature 1 degree in 100 years. Too fast for most species to adapt and survive.
I started keeping reptiles about ten years ago around the same time I started teaching. If you can afford it, it can become an addiction. “Passion” would be a better word. Addictions hurt people. Passions can too, but they’re usually more positive. There are Youtube videos of people with Reptile Rooms. I have one too (though I don’t have a Youtube channel yet), but a lot of these guys may also have venomous or dangerous animals as well. Like alligators (surprisingly it only seems to be illegal to keep alligators in states where they occur in the wild. But don’t quote me on that.) There are memes about reptile addiction. T-shirts. The Reptile business itself is a billion dollar industry with small expos and large breeder conventions held several times a year. Expos can be “normal” or “hot”. “Hot” expos sell venomous reptiles, usually in deli cups with red tape. Reptiles are often sold in deli cups of various sizes. They don’t have the space requirements that a dog would for example, so its not entirely inhumane. But for some people it takes some getting used to.
In my article Venom, I talked a little bit about these strange yet harmless little creatures. Now I'm back to offer some more info on keeping these salamanders which are being kept alive by the Pet Trade. Axolotl's are native to lake Xochimilco in Mexico City, but are now rarely found in the wild. These creatures now only exist in captivity in labs and as pets. They are inexpensive and easy to keep, so keeping them and breeding them is a helpful act of conservation. I won't get into breeding them, but I will give some basic tips on how to care for one.
One of the most popular lizards in the pet trade is the Chameleon. With their curly prehensile tail, the independently moving eyes, the long tongue used to catch prey, the fact that it changes colors: What’s not to like? In fact, it is often a child’s first pet reptile. Veterinarians in general do not recommend reptiles as children’s pets. Because they are more delicate than dogs or cats for example, and often require more work and responsibility. The temperature has to be just right. The humidity has to be just right. The Calcium and Vitamin D ratio have to be just right. And though you can eyeball many of these factors with some reptiles…not with Chameleons.
(Vocal rejected my story because it had religious content. But I posted it under Religion in the Futurism section. How can you reject a story about religion in a section about Religion. Did you even read the fucking thing? Or did you read the first paragraph and go, "this guys too churchy". I assure you I am not. Approve the fucking thing.)
I like animals. I’m one of those people who likes animals more than people.
I’m a reptile person. I’m one of those people with a room in their house filled with tanks of snakes and lizards.